Do you know how we give back to the community?
The University is very proud of its engagement in local community initiatives, working to make Exeter a healthier, more sustainable city.
Did you know our Market Place shops support Hospiscare and the RNLI with in-store collection tins, as well as donating carrier bag fees to charity. On the 7th of September the Retail Services Manager Rob O'Connell met with Richard Cousins from Hospiscare to present a £2000 donation raised from carrier bag fees sold in the Market Place. If you buy an RSPB badges in store, the proceeds go to the charity.
The University Eat & Shop outlets also donate food to the Exeter Food Bank, who collect end of day leftovers frmo Cornwall House, Birks Grange and the Forum during term time.
Market Place staff even undertake their own charitable adventures, with staffing having participated in treks and walks for The British Heart Foundation, Children in Need, Sports Relief and Comic Relief.
Our Retail Catering team have also signed up to the Sugar Smart Exeter campaign, raising awareness about sugar in foods and acting to provide healthier alternatives.
From this September we will also be collaborating with KeepCup to revolutionise coffee drinking on campus. Did you know most disposable cups cannot be recycled despite looking like they're made of eco-friendly materials? Every minute one million disposable cups are discarded to landfill, and yet 20 disposable cups contain enough plastic to make a KeepCup. From September, KeepCups will be available on campus starting at £5. Each time you use yours, you'll not only be saving money on your hot drink (as we're introducing a disposable cup levy of 25p, similar to carrier bag fees), after only 15 uses your Keep Cup will be saving energy and resources.